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Sudan says Qatar to deposit $1bn as part of aid package

Sudanese Finance Minister makes announcement at conclusion of visit by Qatari Emir to African nation

Sudan says Qatar to deposit $1bn as part of aid package

Qatar will deposit $1 billion at Sudan's central bank as part of an aid package,Khartoum said on Wednesday, a move likely to worsen neighbouring Egypt's already tense relations with Doha.

The announcement by Sudanese Finance Minister Badr El-Din Mahmoud came at the end of a one-day state visit to Khartoum by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Mahmoud, speaking to journalists at Khartoum airport, said Qatar also planned to invest in large agricultural and energy projects in Sudan, a country vital to Egyptian interests because of its location upstream on the river Nile.

Mahmoud said the deposit was the second part of an aid package but declined to give details of the first part.

In a written statement, Sheikh Tamim said his visit "comes to confirm the two countries' desire for continued dialogue and coordination on issues of mutual interest".

Egypt has accused Qatar of meddling in its internal affairs and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that was ejected from power by the army last year after mass protests against President Mohamed Mursi's rule.

Anon 5 years ago

Now why is Qatar interested in dusty old Sudan? Aid? Helping less fortunate souls? Now that their stupid adventure in Egypt has failed, and Syria rumbles on, its more like a continued sponsoring of state terrorism by the belligerent dictators luxuriating in Doha.

mumeen 5 years ago

Jazeera started the same way; against objections in GCC! But it's the most successful media today. Wait and watch to see that Qatar will be successful in their bold diplomacy against toeing S.Arabia/UAE/Egypt all the time. Mind you, Kuwait and Oman has not supported all Saudi moves.